IGARSS 2010 - 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - July 25 - 30, 2010 - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Community Remote Sensing: Journal of Earth Science Phenomena


A venue for rapid peer-review-quality publication of community remote sensing work. Journal of Earth Science Phenomena (JESP) is an open access journal aimed at publishing micro-articles documenting interesting and unique phenomena that are frequently observed in Earth science data. The primary aim of this journal is not to report a detailed scientific analysis, but to allow anyone to participate in discovering and documenting unique phenomena.  These micro-articles benefit the entire community by cataloging the information in a manner that is both searchable, citable and usable in both educational research and educational activities.


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Striking images of certain phenomena have often provided motivation for some of the exciting research topics in the field of earth science.  A typical example is the observation of anomalous cloud lines in the TIROS satellite imagery by Conover (1966), which he attributed to the impact of smoke emissions from ships on marine stratus clouds (Noone, 2000). Twomey et al. (1968) later showed that this phenomenon is caused by aerosols in ship exhaust functioning as cloud condensation nuclei increasing the albedo of clouds. Twomey's work eventually motivated the research on indirect radiative effect of aerosols, a field of research very active to the present day.

Quite often in-depth analysis need to be conducted before such imagery would be made available through scientific publications. The other option is to disseminate such information through popular science media. While the latter venue would allow for relatively immediate publication, the drawbacks are constraints on way the information is presented in such media and the citability. This online journal is intended as an intermediate forum that allows for relatively immediate dissemination of observed earth science phenomena accompanied by a short scientific description of the phenomenon.

The primary aim of the Journal of Earth Science Phenomena (JESP) is not to report a detailed scientific analysis, but to promote further enquiry, document unique phenomena, assist educational activities and compile the information in a manner that is both searchable and citable. The online nature of the journal also provide for including geographic context, linkages to other geospatial information through Google Earth Technology and also explicit references to online databases where such information could be retrieved.  Published cases in the journal are peer reviewed and the turn around time from submission to publication is short. All content is open access and can be re-used with proper attribution. Since this is a 100% digital journal there are no fees in submitting or accessing the journal content.


To be posted when available.


Project LeadDr. Rahul Ramachandran (rahul.ramachandran@imaginedterritory.com, rramachandran@itsc.uah.edu)
JESP Websitehttp://www.esphenomena.org


Dust storm observed over Australia.

Twin tropical cyclones observed in the Indian Ocean.

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